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The Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Board has found a successor to the legendary Verghese Kurien. Parthibhai Bhatol of Banas Dairy will chair the Rs 3,600-crore federation. But the election has left a bad after- taste. Four of the eleven members walked out in protest.
The eleven members who had last month unanimously accepted the resignation of Verghese Kurien as Chairman of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation appeared united as they walked in to elect a new Chairman today. But differences soon surfaced.
Vipul Chaudhary, who heads the largest dairy in the federation, was joined by another big gun, Ramsinh Parmar and two more dissenters from Rajkot and Baroda. They alleged state government interference and foul play in the election of Parthibhai Bhatol as Chairman of the GCMMF. They said that they would fight the election verdict, but Bhatol was optimistic.
"Both the Gujarat government and the Central government are of the opinion that this is a big organization of farmers and were trying that there should be a unanimous decision. We too would try to achieve consensus," says Bhatol.
Although Bhatol downplayed the rift, it can rip through the member unions, many of which are shadow-run by political considerations. That's bad news for the co-operative movement and for brand Amul - not quite what the "Taste of India" should be.
Tags: Verghese Kurien , Chairman of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation , Vipul Chaudhary, Ramsinh Parmar , Parthibhai Bhatol , GCMMF, Amul
May 22 2013, 13:11
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